Custom private instruction and coaching. Build a custom session, series of sessions, or full program to meet your particular goals and interests. This is our specialty! Single paddlers and like-minded groups are both welcomed. To begin discussing how best to meet your goals, contact Jennifer directly:



Mendocino Rock Gardens – August 25-26. Join me for 2 days exploring and playing in the magnificent rock gardens of Mendocino. Click the link for more information!

ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Skills Training and Assessment – September 8-9. This 2-day course is for sea kayakers who would like to pursue ACA Coastal Kayak instructor certification, or who would simply like to pursue a broad review and assessment of their knowledge and skills as evaluated in ACA Level 3 conditions. Participants may also opt to register for just the first day (training) or just the second day (assessment) to best meet their personal goals. Click the link for more information!

Surf Sirens: Kayak Surf Camp for Women – September 21-23. Hobuck Beach, WA. A 3 day celebration of women in the surf – beginners to advanced surfers welcome! Check out the following blog post about last year’s event: Contact me directly ( for more information!

Bodega Bash! The 3rd Annual West Coast Kayak Surfing Festival. September 29-30, 2018. A celebration of kayak surfing!  Surf specific kayaks, waveskis, whitewater kayaks and sea kayaks welcome.  Bodega Bash is open to all levels. There will be free surf time from sun-up to sun-down both days, and clinics available for those who want coaching, including a sea kayak surfing clinic I will be running Saturday morning. Come join us for an awesome weekend playing in the surf!

Lumpy Waters Sea Kayak Symposium. October 12-14, 2018. Pacific City, OR. A three day celebration of sea kayaking! Lumpy provides an unparalleled opportunity to improve your skills on the beautiful Oregon Coast. Top coaches come from all over the world, making Lumpy Waters the premiere instructional destination for dynamic ocean paddling. Click the link for more information!

ACA Level 3 Instructor Development Workshop/Instructor Certification Exam. October 19-21, 2018. Instructor trainers Sean Morley, Richard Lee Smith, and I invite you to participate in a comprehensive, informative and challenging three days of instructor development that will help you prepare for certification. Those taking the course as a certification exam will have the opportunity to be assessed in one of the best teaching environments available. San Francisco Bay is the perfect location for coastal kayaking with strong tidal currents, busy shipping channels and changeable weather conditions providing an abundance of learning opportunities and easy access to Level 3 conditions. Please click on the link for more information:

Advanced Open Coast: Land’s End. December 1st, 2018. Are you an experienced paddler, comfortable in dynamic water, who is interested in continued, mentored development of your coastal kayak skills in increasingly challenging conditions? This trip is for you! Join Sean Morley and me for an adventure along the exposed, highly dynamic coastline of Land’s End. Click the link for more information.

ACA Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayak Skills Training and Assessment. December 8-9, 2018.  This 2-day course will consist of a formative assessment of personal skills and technical knowledge. You will receive coaching (as needed) and be challenged with performing skills and tasks in authentic Level 4 conditions. The focus of Day 1 will be the surf zone. The focus of Day 2 will be tidal current and will take place on San Francisco Bay. The training and assessment will be conducted by myself and Sean Morley

Open Coast Skills (Marin Headlands). December 29, 2018. For sea kayakers who have experience paddling on protected water such as San Francisco Bay and are seeking to expand their horizons to the open coast. Click the link for more information!

ACA Level 4 Instructor Development Workshop/Instructor Certification Exam. February 1-3, 2019. San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate and the Marin Headlands are perfect locations for open water coastal kayaking with strong tidal currents, powerful swells and changeable weather conditions providing an abundance of learning opportunities and easy access to Level 4 conditions. This course is suitable for existing ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructors preparing to upgrade to Level 4 and will be taught by Sean Morley and myself.

Build Your Bombproof Roll!

The kayak roll is the fastest, most efficient, and safest self-rescue technique there is. Whether you are just learning to roll or are an experienced paddler looking to improve the reliability and consistency of your roll in conditions, this class is for you. Getting your roll reliable in flatwater is Step 1. Making sure that your roll is really going to work for you when you need it in surf or whitewater or tide races is an essential and often under-taught Step 2! These personalized private classes are perfect for beginners, those looking to improve their roll consistency, and any paddler who wants to make sure that the roll they have is going to work for them in real conditions. Contact Jennifer directly to schedule (

Instruction and Trips

Upcoming classes and events where Jennifer is teaching can be found on the left hand side of this page, with links to detailed information for each.

Subject matter Jennifer teaches includes the following:

  • Strokes and foundational skills, including edging, bracing, self- and assisted rescues
  • Strokes refinement and blending for intermediate to advanced paddlers
  • Rolling & roll bombproofing
  • Surf zone skills
  • Tidal current paddling, including skills for playing in tide races and tidal rapids
  • Rock gardening skills
  • Sea kayak and short boat surfing
  • Navigation
  • Trip leading and leadership skills
  • Weather for sea kayakers

Jennifer also performs ACA skills assessments at Levels 2, 3, and 4, and  is available for private, personalized instruction by appointment. 

Custom guided trips are conducted in and around San Francisco Bay, with single and multi-day guided trips also being available along the open coast from Santa Cruz to Point Reyes and within Tomales and Bodega Bays. Other options may be available depending on interest.

For private coaching or custom guided trips please contact Jennifer directly ( to discuss your specific project.



Regarding Introduction to Rock Gardening: One of the best days of instruction on the water I’ve ever had. L.W.

Regarding Bracing Clinic: You are a fantastic coach!! So methodical, progressive skills development, always super positive and have the knack to teach even the ones who struggle a bit.  J.F.

Regarding Navigation Clinic:  Everyone should take this class!  J.J.

Regarding Tidal Rapids Paddling class: The most fun I’ve had in a long boat in a  long time! L.O.

Regarding 2 day Practical Leadership course:  What a great class with tons of instruction and learning, thank you Jennifer Yearley and River and Ocean. This was an all encompassing and challenging course, super fun and and a perfect setting. L.S.

Regarding 2 day Practical Leadership course: Of all the instructional courses over the last several years, this was the most comprehensive and all encompassing. The best of the best. R.R.

Regarding 2 day Navigation Clinic: Thank you Jennifer for a very educational, fun and exciting weekend! Your enthusiasm for teaching, knowledge and patience with your students is greatly appreciated. Navigating the waters is much more complicated than anticipated, but your patience and knowledge helped open the door. T.B.

Regarding L4: Rescues and Towing class: This rescue practice ( at this level ) should be a yearly tune up.  Highly recommend this class as part of everyone’s paddling/learning progression. The towing lesson was grest, especially in conditions. Learning to mind the lines and not tangle. Again, invaluable. Best part is practising in conditions. Pushes the edges a bit and increases the learning curve. A fulfilling day. And learnt a whole bunch. R.R.

Regarding Weather for Sea Kayakers course:  For me, you did a great job of teaching some important things about the technical synoptic charts and relating them to real world observations. You had a good energetic presentation style to engage students. Reviewing of the topic, a couple hours after learning, was new to me and worked really well. M. M.

Regarding guided trip along the Marin Headlands: If you ever see that Jennifer Yearley has put together a paddle do yourself a big favor and sign up and get yourself to the put-in ready for a “swell” time irrespective of how strong the tide or how beautiful the day is.  In classic fashion Jennifer devised the itinerary, timed the timing and organized just a splendid day out on the big water.  J.W. 

Blog Reports:

Check out article from student Glenn Brank on Tidal Currents and Rough Water class

And his article on Intro to Kayak Surfing class conducted with Kelly Marie Henry at Dillon Beach.